PARIS—Hong-Kong-based British designer Michael Young‘s latest collection comprises eco-friendly ceramic and porcelain design objects in collaboration with Chinese home and lifestyle brand ZENS. The range was will debut at Maison & Objet Paris at the end of January.
In order to promote its use, Young has incorporated bamboo into this collection, which he says is still rarely used in the Western world, DesignBoom writes.
As materials that have been used for millennia in China, bamboo and iron are now used to make a wide range of furniture with elements of European minimalism. This collection utilizes bamboo for its versatility and natural beauty.
Throughout his collection, the talented Young has managed to both figuratively and literally weave bamboo, including in his baskets which feature a ceramic base and bamboo walls, as well as incorporated the natural material into his standing lamps which are either left in their natural state or painted black.
The designer believes that by showing its different applications, he can create a great avenue to incorporate it and elevate it to multicultural design.
In addition to his earthy, partially gloss glaze-dipped slender pitchers, wide bowls and cups, embodying a mixture of cultures and icons, the collection’s porcelain tableware set highlights a transcultural mix, depicting traditional Asian patterns.
Characterized by its finesse and elegance, the porcelain set is a great example of transcultural work. While the studio specializes in a lot of technological projects, its interest in evolving cultures remains significant.
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